White Bean and Ham Bone Soup


What to do with that leftover Easter ham bone? Try this tasty soup that is created from a ham stock, to use now, or later. Use your favorite dried white beans. My choice is Great Northern.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
11 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
11 hrs 45 mins
10 servings


  • 1 ham bone with meat

  • 4 quarts water

  • 1 pound dry great Northern beans

  • 2 cups diced fully cooked ham

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 1 cup diced carrots

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 tablespoons dry sherry (Optional)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley (Optional)


  1. Combine ham bone and 4 quarts of water in a large stock pot of Dutch oven at least the night before. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 hours.

  2. In the meantime, place beans in a large pot with water to cover; soak overnight. Drain beans the next day and return to the pot.

  3. Remove ham bone from the pot and pick off any edible meat. Strain the stock and measure out 3 quarts for the soup. Remaining stock can be frozen.

  4. Pour 3 quarts of stock over the soaked beans. Add ham, celery, carrots, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover, tilting the lid to allow steam to escape, and simmer until beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add sherry in the last 30 minutes of cooking and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

241 Calories
6g Fat
33g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 436mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 827mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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